Musicals that Take Place in the US

One of the amazing things about musicals belongs to the several locations they take place in. Due to yesterday being Independence Day, I decided to mention the musicals I love that take place in the US. It actually is one of the most common locations.

The Musicals

  1. White Christmas
  2. Music Man
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Grease
  5. Annie- this is my childhood favorite musical
  6. Newsies
  7. Rent
  8. Greatest Showman

Conclusion

I know there are MORE- but what came to mind. These are musicals from Vermont, Iowa, Oklahoma, California, and New York.

Musicals I Love by Their Stage Show

Like I said yesterday, there are three ways to fall in love with a musical. 1) by the film, 2) by the stage show, or 3) by the soundtrack. The two easiest ways are by the film and stage show. That is because the songs are in context—meaning you are able to tell which characters or character sing what song and due to seeing the song performed, it is much easier to figure out the actual emotion. So, what are some musicals I fell in love with by their stage show?

The Shows

  1. Wicked
  2. Pippin- fun fact (almost didn’t enter my life- my mom and I got the last two tickets)
  3. Godspell
  4. Newsies- the stage show is SO much better than the 1992 movie
  5. Music Man
  6. Come From Away

Conclusion

True, for a few of those musicals I did know some songs from them ahead of time. But wouldn’t lead to my love for that show. What if you only know one song (that was what happened with Pippin- I only knew “Corner of the Sky”)? What if you needed more context to even fall in love with the songs? Sometimes, all you need is seeing the stage show to fall in love with the stage.

Later this year, I probably might add two more musicals to this list:

  1. Anastasia- already love 5 songs (but would have to discover more songs first)
  2. Hadestown- love Greek Mythology and been fascinated by it since it swept the Tonys

June 2022 in Review

Can’t believe it is finally July. Why come once June hits, I feel like the rest of the year flies. I have been looking forward to June ever since the beginning of the year. I knew it would be an exciting month. So, what are the highlights of June?

Reading

Finished- 3 books

Daughters of Sparta– I have been reading a LOT of mythology lately. This is basically “The Iliad”, but from the women’s POV most specifically Helen and her sister. It makes you think differently about their husbands and even about the women. A different POV makes you almost look at all of those characters differently.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/08/daughters-of-sparta-review/

Sea of Trolls– The start of a trilogy. So glad the author made a list of characters and grew a map. It isn’t Greek Mythology, but instead Norse Mythology. I was really enjoying reading this book. Jack, our protagonist, is training to be a bard and the story starts when he was kidnapped by berserkers. Magic and there are some interesting characters in this book. I now want to own the rest of the trilogy.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/22/sea-of-trolls-review/

Favorite Greek Myths– who wants to learn the basic Greek Myths? It is all found in this book. True, it might have used the Roman God names, but at least in the back of the book you can find what the Greek name is. I already knew some of those myths- the one with flying towards the sun, the one with the reflection in the water, and King Midas. I wanted to read it—-aware that The Hadestown myth was in it- aka “Journey to the Underworld”, and even “The Kidnapping” connects (one is Orpheus and Euyrdice and the other is how Persphone became Queen of the Underworld)

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/26/favorite-greek-myths-review/

Symphony in the Park (POPS)

On the 19th, my family finallly went back to the POPS—-which is known as Symphony in the Park. That is usually done every Sunday in June, and every week there is theme, and we usually bring a picnic. The theme we listened to was Hollywood- from Harry Potter to Raider’s of the Lost Arc to Frozen to Beauty and the Beast to West Side Story, etc…..

Frozen

Thinking of music, June was finally my first time to see a musical. My mom and I went to see Frozen with Blumenthal. I choose a blue dress, which in some ways reminded me of Elsa’s “Let it Go” costume. The show was amazing- I was looking forward to the new songs especially as it was my fist time seeing them happening. I already had an idea of where they were going to happen.

An amazing cast, fantastic special effects, amazing songs, and incredible dancing and spectacle. Caroline Bowman and Lauren Nicole Chapman led our cast- as Elsa and Anna. Loved the two little girls who played Young Elsa and Young Anna. I really wanted to get the main Pabbie, and we did—-especially because he was a Charlotte native.

/https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/24/for-the-first-time-in-forever/

Secrets of Dumbledore

As it is known, I love Harry Potter. Due to that love, I started watching the Fantastic Beasts series. That is another movie series that I love- I thought I lost my chance of watching Secrets of Dumbledore, but I got my chance towards the beginning of June. As a matter of fact, I don’t mind being in Hufflepuff due to Newt- as that is his house.

I know Secrets of Dumbledore has gotten a lot of negative criticism, but doesn’t stop me from loving it. I always love it when I see the beasts involved in some way- usually are helping Newt- most of the time it is usually a niffler of a bowtruckle. As a Harry Potter fan, always loved picking up references others can’t. It seems that each Fantastic Beasts movie, we always get introduced to new beasts, which make things pretty exciting. True, the main setting does change, but I love seeing how different Wizarding Worlds work as we are so used to the British Wizarding World thanks to Harry Potter.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/07/fantastic-beasts-secrets-of-dumbledore-review/

Musicals I Love That Started in Film

In the world of musical theatre, there are multiple ways they can start. Either it is by their stage production or it is through their movie. Look at the animated movies or musicals that just for some reason began as a film.

Musical Films (can include those that haven’t made it to stage yet)

  1. Greatest Showman
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Lion King
  4. Aladdin
  5. Frozen
  6. Cinderella- the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that started by film
  7. High School Musical

Conclusion

It appears like MOST musicals prefer to start on stage before turning into a movie musical.

Hygge- Examples of Them

Frozen is one of my favorite musicals. There is even a song called Hygge, which is a word NOT known in English. It is a word that Oaken teaches Kristoff and Anna. Today I am going to give some examples of Hygee.

Examples

  1. Campfire
  2. Reading Outside
  3. Drinking Cold Brew on the Porch
  4. Dance with Friends
  5. Hanging out with Extended Family
  6. Date with Family or Friends to a Show
  7. Listening to Music- especially Musicals and Contemporary Christian
  8. Hiking

Non-Examples

  1. Seeing Ants on the Counter
  2. Finding Bugs in the Bathroom
  3. Power Outrage- Especially during Bad Storm
  4. Terrible Traffic